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9/5/14 – 10:39 A.M.

The United Way of Hancock County raised more than $3 million last year during the fundraising season. Today the organization kicked off its 2014 fundraiser with a lofty goal…

Audio: Mike Needler Jr.

Mike Needler Jr. is the campaign chair for the event this year. He says fundraising from Pacesetter Agencies is helping the campaign get off to a good start…

Audio: Mike Needler Jr.

Still, Needler says there’s a lot of heavy lifting to be done. Campaign contribution forms will be distributed at area employers over the next few weeks.

Money raised by the United Way is distributed to local charities through a grant process.

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9/5/14 – 6:50 A.M.

Wood County officials are working to reduce the amount taxpayers have to contribute to a levy. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the Wood County Commissioners and the Job and Family Services Agency are working together on the issue.

They’ve asked the county’s budget commission reduce the amount collected by the Adult and Protective Services levy by 50 percent next year.

If approved, it would save taxpayers around $1.8 million.

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9/5/14 – 6:45 A.M.

The City Mission of Findlay has said how much money they’ll get from a grant that was awareded earlier this week. Executive Director Phil Arnold says his agency will get a little more than $30,000. The money comes from the Honor Project program. It distributes cash remaining from a settlement the state made with American International Group in 2010.

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court distributed more than $6 million to 226 charities in a ceremony Thursday in Cleveland.

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9/5/14 – 6:36 A.M.

Two Findlay women were injured in a two-car crash Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened at the intersection of Morey and Madison Avenues.

18-year-old Viola Owens was driving east on Madison when she ran a stop sign at the intersection of Morey, hitting a car driven by 39-year-old Angela Warth. Owens and her passenger, 18-year-old Destinie Moore, were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Warth was not hurt.

Owens was cited for failure to yield and for operating a vehicle with expired plates.

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9/5/14 – 5:31 A.M.

A Findlay man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a high profile burglary case. The Courier reports 22-year-old Adrian Castillo appeared in court Thursday.

Castillo was part of a group of four people who broke into a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court on March 24. Police were able to find the burglars by using GPS to track a stolen laptop.

22-year-old Nicholas Rarey was given the same sentenced for his role in the crime. 19-year-old Cayd Burton and 20-year-old Zachary Montgomery are still awaiting sentencing.

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9/5/14 – 5:14 A.M.

A Forest man was charged with DUI after a Thursday morning accident in Hancock County. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened just before 11 a.m. on State Route 103 near County Road 9.

64-year-old Kenneth Warren was driving west on Route 103 when he drove off the road and hit a concrete culvert. The impact of the crash launched his car across a ditch, where it landed upside down.

Warren was not hurt, and was taken to the Hancock County Jail following his arrest.

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9/5/14 – 5:07 A.M.

An incident in Fostoria led to two men getting shot with birdshot pellets early Thursday morning. Detective Sgt. Kevin Reinbolt of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. near the Podach Trailer Park.

The renter of a property at 9790 West Township Road 84 called the sheriff’s office to report people were throwing bricks through his windows. At some point during the incident, 24-year-old William North and 36-year-old William Mahan were shot with birdshot pellets fired from a shotgun.

Mahan was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. From there he was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. North refused medical treatment.

Deputies have not said who fired the shots. The case remains under investigation.

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9/5/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The Hancock County Auditor’s office is taking measures to make sure employees aren’t confused for con-artists. Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says appraisers will now carry ID badges issued by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Rauschenberg hopes this will differentiate real auditors from potential imposters.

There have been reports of people scamming home owners by pretending to be appraisers from elsewhere in Ohio.

Rauschenberg adds that real auditors will never ask to enter your home. They will only collect data from buildings from the outside. You should also get a letter from the county prior to a visit.

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9/5/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Efforts to clear debris from the Blanchard River have moved east of Findlay’s reservoirs. The Courier reports crews from Tawa Tree Service are now working between County Roads 207 and 205. Gary Tuttle of the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District updated the county commissioners on the progress Thursday.

Tuttle says four large logjams have been removed since late July. Crews have also taken out nine mid-size jams and 224 small logjams.

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9/4/14 – 11:15 A.M.

Six counties in our area will share a grant aimed at helping children in crisis situations. Hancock, Putnam, and Allen Counties are part of the group that will use the $1.4 million dollars.

John Martin is the director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and spoke at today’s press conference. Martin says the money will help area agencies ease situations before they spiral out of control…

Audio: John Martin

Josh Ebling is the CEO of the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio. He says sometimes problems stem from a child experiencing mental health issues for the first time…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling says the grant money will help provide after hours services for kids in those situations.

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